L - Jackson (1-4)
HR - Nelson (3)
17-18, 5.0 GB
Former Rangers and Round Rock hurler Eric Hurley entered the game with a 9.00 earned-run average in six starts for Salt Lake, but he turned in a dazzling effort against the Express on Thursday.
Hurley logged a season-high 7.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits. He also struck out nine batters––his most since a start on July 1, 2007, against the Omaha Royals.
Fellow veteran and former first-round pick Zach Jackson (3.64 ERA/.302 BAA) nearly matched Hurley, as he allowed three runs––one earned––in seven-plus innings. The southpaw scattered eight hits while walking one and striking out two.
Speedy leadoff hitter Julio Borbon (.333/.381/.564 in May) had two singles and a double in five at-bats. Borbon, who also stole his fourth base of the season, now has five extra-base hits in his last seven games.
Brad Nelson (1/3, HR, BB) added a solo home run, his third of the season. Ryan Spilborghs (1/5, 2B) also doubled.
Right fielder Joey Butler raised his batting average to .317 with two singles––plus a walk––in three official at-bats. He stole two bases––his first two of the season.
Yangervis Solarte extended his hitting streak to 21 games with one hit in five trips.
The Express lineup went 1-for-18 with runners in scoring position during the game, leaving 10 men on base.
Although Round Rock entered the bottom of the eighth with a 2-1 lead, Jackson came out for the frame and didn't retire either hitter he faced.
Then, righty reliever Sean Green came on and threw only 13 of his 27 pitches for a strike. Green gave up two runs––one earned––while walking three in an inning.
After beginning his season on a strong note, Green's last four appearances have been ugly––4 ip, 11 h, 10 r, 6 bb, 1 k.
W - Loux (7-0)
SV - Bell (2)
HR - Felix (2)
22-11, 3.5 GU
Frisco starting pitcher Barret Loux (2.37 ERA/.246 BAA) has no-doubt pitched well this season, but he's 7-0 through seven Double-A starts in part due to his offense. The ‘Riders are scoring 8.6 runs per game when he pitches this season.
On Thursday, Loux faced the Corpus Christi Hooks for the third time since April 19. This time, the righty threw 51 of his 88 pitches for a strike while allowing two runs in 5.1 innings. He gave up four hits, walked two, and struck out six.
The Texas A&M alum has the following stat-line in seven Double-A starts––38.0 ip, 35 h, 10 r, 11 bb, 39 k.
The game was locked in a scoreless tie through three innings before the Frisco bats broke out, plating at least one run in each of their last six at-bats.
Cleanup-hitting right fielder Brad Hawpe (.338/.455/.532) notched a season-high four hits in five at-bats––including a double––while scoring three runs.
Jurickson Profar (2/6, 2B) and Ryan Strausborger (2/4, 2B, SF) also doubled. Profar extended his hitting streak to 20 games and his on-base streak to 29.
Val Majewski (3/4, BB) reached base four times while Chris McGuiness (1/3, 2 BB) was aboard three times. Leadoff man Engel Beltre (2/6) had two hits and his 13th stolen base of the year.
Nine-hole hitting catcher Jose Felix had only one hit in five trips, but it was his second round-tripper of the year.
Left-hander Chad Bell (0.68 ERA/.073 BAA) finished the game with 3.2 innings of one-hit, shutout relief. He walked one and struck out one.
Bell, 23, has yielded a run on three hits in his first 13.1 innings with Double-A Frisco. He got the help of three double play ground balls on Thursday, including a 1-6-3 twin-killing to end the game.
W - R. Henry (3-0)
HR - Richmond (3)
The Pelicans claimed an extra-innings victory in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader, getting a Santiago Chirino walkoff base on balls in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Chirino, who was 0-for-3, entered the game having walked only twice in his first 27 games.
Scuffling right fielder Josh Richmond provided Myrtle Beach's other score with a solo home run––his third––in the third inning. He also walked in three trips.
The Pelicans' pitching staff was excellent in the first game, as Cody Buckel and Randy Henry combined on a two-hit gem.
Buckel (1.37 ERA/.160 BAA) issued four walks in five innings, but he allowed just a single run on two hits and struck out seven. In 39.1 innings this season, he has yielded 21 hits, walked 16, and fanned 48. He's also inducing more than two groundouts per airout on the year.
The 19-year-old has permitted one run or fewer in six of his first seven starts at High-A.
Former Orioles prospect Randy Henry (0.64 ERA/.157 BAA) finished the game by going a season-high nine up, nine down in three perfect innings out of the ‘pen. He fanned four.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Henry has struck out 15 and walked four––while allowing one earned run––in 14 frames.
W - Mendoza (1-0)
17-15, 3.5 GB
After limiting the Mudcats to only three singles in Thursday's nightcap, Myrtle Beach finished off a doubleheader sweep in which they permitted five hits in 15 innings.
In a spot-start appearance, right-hander Joe Van Meter (1.23 ERA/.149 BAA) retired all 12 batters he faced over four perfect innings, striking out seven of them. The 23-year-old has logged 22 innings this season, giving up three runs on 11 hits while walking seven and fanning 26.
The opposition is hitting only .149 versus Van Meter in the early going this season, and lefties are 2-for-29 against him with 12 strikeouts.
First baseman Brett Nicholas (.280/.322/.415) exploded in game two after sitting out the first contest. He was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.
Left fielder Jared Hoying (.329/.400/.482) had two singles and a double in four trips. In eight games this month, the Toledo product is 14-for-29 (.483) with five extra-base hits and only four strikeouts.
Odubel Herrera went 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and three RBI, but he also committed two errors in the field––giving him 16 on the young season.
Edwin Garcia (2/4), Santiago Chirino (1/2, BB, SAC) and Vin DiFazio (1/2, BB, HBP) also reached base multiple times.
Dominican reliever Francisco Mendoza permitted a run on three hits and two walks in two innings. Ben Henry (2.57 ERA/.167 BAA) finished the game with a clean ninth inning. Henry has surrendered eight hits in his first 14 High-A frames.
L - Jackson (2-3)
18-13, 4.5 GB
Having already been no-hit once this season, the Crawdads were held hitless through six innings on Thursday before Jeremy Williams (1/3, HBP) broke it up with a leadoff single in the seventh.
It wasn't the cleanest of no-hit bids, though. Hickory had scored a run in the sixth with the help of two walks and an error. Savannah had five defensive miscues on the night, but the Crawdads weren't able to capitalize.
Luke Jackson (4.98 ERA/.248 BAA) pitched well through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. He allowed five runs in 5.2 innings, giving up seven hits, walking four, and striking out nine. He also uncorked a pair of wild pitches.
Jackson's first four starts were excellent––20.2 ip, 12 h, 3 er, 7 bb, 29 k. But his last three outings have been erratic––15.2 ip, 20 h, 16 er, 10 bb, 11 k.
In addition to Williams' knock, third baseman Hanser Alberto (1/4) and first baseman Trever Adams (1/4) also singled.
Left fielder Chris Grayson had a rough all-around night, as he was 0-for-4 with four punchouts and an error. He did walk once.
Reliever Nick Martinez gave up a run in 2.1 innings, striking out two. Tall righty Phil Klein allowed a run on two hits in the ninth inning.
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